As Labour’s annual party conference gets underway, Unite leader Len McCluskey has come out and publicly criticised the lack of opening ceremony. As one of the party’s largest donors, he believes some of that money could have been spent on a few of their members jumping on NHS beds, other members building factories in the main hall, and the rest coming in waving their unions’ flags.
‘If the Olympics taught us anything, it was that you can make even the most boring things more exciting with an opening ceremony’ the Unite leader told us. ‘and with Ed Miliband’s keynote speech still to come, God only knows we need cheering up.’
A labour spokesman told us that the ‘low-key’ start to the conference was to show the party had moved on from the New Labour days. However, with their health and safety officer forgetting to do the risk assessment on the scissors used cut the party coloured ribbon to declare the conference open, they've been accused of still struggling to cut the ‘red-tape’.